School Based Mental Health Therapists
Melissa Bradley, LMHC
Director of School-Based Mental Health ServicesMelissa Bradley, LMHCMelissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2005. She went on to achieve her master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2013 from Argosy University. Melissa has expressed a passion for working with young children since 1998. She has served as the director of outpatient mental health services and is now occupying the role of director of school-based mental health services for The Florida Center. Melissa practices ‘time-ins’ with her child at home which supports a positive parent-child relationship based on security, connectedness, and open communication.
Director of School-Based Mental Health Services
Jill Collum, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Tuttle Elementary SchoolJill Collum, LCSWJill is a graduate of New College of Florida and has master’s degrees from both the University of Denver and the University of South Florida. She is a Returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Jill has been working in community-based mental health since 2009 and has been with the Florida Center for Early Childhood since 2012, previously serving as a Healthy Families family support worker and children’s crisis specialist. Jill is very interested and involved in community activism and social justice movements that support the children and families served by the Florida Center.
Mental Health Therapist/Tuttle Elementary School
Shea Cruel, MSW
Mental Health Therapist/Oak ParkShea Cruel, MSWShea earned both his bachelor's and master's degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. He is currently pursuing his license as a clinical social worker.
Mental Health Therapist/Oak Park
Shea has been working as a mental health therapist for over a year. He served as an outpatient therapist working with children, adults and their families. Shea focuses on implementing frequent self care techniques including exercising and practicing his faith to maintain positive mental health.
Amanda Culp, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Tatum Ridge ElementaryAmanda Culp, RCSWIAmanda earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from Eckerd College in 2015. She then went on to receive her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida. Amanda has worked with a variety of populations, including children, adults, families, HIV+ populations, LGBTQ, and substance use. Amanda practices mindfulness in her spare time, like yoga and meditation, to reduce stress and increase her ability to live in the present moment.
Mental Health Therapist/Tatum Ridge Elementary
Ariel Dictor, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Gulf Gate ElementaryAriel Dictor, RCSWIAriel earned her bachelor degree in social work from the University of South Florida (2017). She went on to achieve her master’s degree in clinical social work from USF, graduating in 2018. Ariel is currently in the process of pursuing her license to become an LCSW. She completed her graduate student clinical internship at Manatee Children's Services providing therapy to child victims of sexual and physical abuse. After obtaining her MSW, Ariel began working at the Child Protection Center as a therapist for child victims of abuse. Prior to becoming a therapist, Ariel worked with children in a number of settings including a residential youth shelter and a domestic violence/rape crisis center. Ariel has a passion for providing therapy to children of all ages and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.
Mental Health Therapist/Gulf Gate Elementary
Kim Feldman, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/ Laurel Nokomis ElementaryKim Feldman, LCSWKim is from the Washington DC area where she graduated from American University with a bachelor's degree in women's and gender studies and from Catholic University with a master's in clinical social work. Prior to joining The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Kim provided community-based family preservation services and worked in elementary and middle schools as a Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist. She was a hospital social worker on the postpartum, labor and delivery, and neonatal intensive care units. Kim enjoys working with children of all ages and is excited to be part of a school team again.
Mental Health Therapist/ Laurel Nokomis Elementary
Jenna Froug, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood ElementaryJenna Froug, RCSWIJenna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology from the University of Florida in 2016. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work in 2018 from Florida State University. As a Florida native, Jenna has always had a passion for school-aged children. Jenna has worked in schools as a tutor and girls’ group therapist. Jenna is passionate about bringing trauma-informed care into the Sarasota County school system. Jenna practices mindfulness and meditation in her spare time and finds that frequent practices help improve her state of mind and overall sense of well-being at home and at work.
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary
Bambi Furtado, LMHC
Mental Health Therapist/Garden ElementaryBambi Furtado, LMHCBambi earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in visual art with a minor in human development from Eckerd College in 1999. She then earned a Master of Arts Degree in counseling in 2006 with an emphasis in mental health counseling and school guidance. She studied expressive arts at Ringling School of Art & Design in 2009. Bambi's has over 14 years of experience providing counseling and support to youth and their families. Bambi brings her background in arts to the counseling setting. Self-care time is spent practicing yoga, strength training at the gym, mindfulness practice, music, art, and spending quality time with her two and four legged family members.
Mental Health Therapist/Garden Elementary
Jennifer Garafola, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Gocio ElementaryJennifer Garafola, LCSWJennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and master’s degree in Social work from Florida Gulf Coast University. Jennifer enjoys working with children and their families by empowering them and providing them with emotional support. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and camping with her husband and chocolate lab. Her work and personal mantra is “work for a cause, not for applause; live life to express, not to impress; don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.”
Mental Health Therapist/Gocio Elementary
Jennifer Gravesen, RMHCI
Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary SchoolJennifer Gravesen, RMHCIJennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2010. She completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2014. Jennifer is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Jennifer has been working with children and their families for the past 10 years, with a focus on trauma and the child welfare system. She is passionate about trauma-work and has a background in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, incorporating mindfulness into sessions. Jennifer incorporates mindfulness into her daily routine with her family. She notes that being mindful of her own feelings has helped her be more present and engaged with her family and at work.
Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary School
Lavonna Gregory, RMHCI
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary SchoolLavonna Gregory, RMHCILavonna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in human development from Eckerd College in 2005. She went on to achieve a Master's of Arts Degree in counseling from Webster University in 2014, with an emphasis in both areas of licensed mental health counselor and school guidance. Lavonna has been working with children for over 13 years. She has been dedicated to advocating for children and empowering families. Lavonna loves aromatherapy, meditation, and exercising. She believes this helps to increase her inner peace and allows her time to relax, reflect and think positively
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
Lisiane Jimenez, RMHCI
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood ElementaryLisiane Jimenez, RMHCILisiane earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from American International College in 1994. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 1998, from Boston College, with a focus on mental health counseling. Lisiane has been working in the field of mental health counseling for over 15 years. During those years she had the privilege of working as an Adjustment Counselor at an elementary school in Massachusetts as well as a home-based therapist. Following her arrival in Florida she worked for the Child Protection Center as a child sexual abuse therapist before joining The Florida Center. Lisiane is passionate about traveling with her two children. She finds that traveling the world allows her to expand her understanding of different cultures which helps her be better at connecting with clients from different cultural backgrounds.
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary
Nicole Jones, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Phillipi Shores and Lakeview elementary schoolsNicole Jones, LCSWNicole earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology from the University of Florida in 2009. She went on to achieve her Master of Social Work from the University of South Florida - Sarasota/Manatee in 2017. Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and was certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in 2019. Nicole has been working with children for 10 years, first as a preschool teacher with Head Start and then transitioning into a social work role through the Early Steps program. Nicole completed her graduate student internship with the Child Protection Center. After obtaining her MSW, she remained with CPC as a therapist working with child victims of sexual and physical abuse before joining The Florida Center. Nicole believes in the importance of having balance in all aspects of life.
Mental Health Therapist/Phillipi Shores and Lakeview elementary schools
Monica Mehserle, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Lamarque Elementary SchoolMonica Mehserle, LCSWMonica earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Georgia State University in 2012. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 2015 from USF in Clinical Social Work. Monica is a licensed foster parent with her husband. Monica has been working with youth of all ages in many settings. Prior to The Florida Center, she worked and volunteered in Atlanta and the Sarasota area with youth at her local high school, in a domestic violence shelter, refugee resettlement, teen pregnancy, after-school program, and a summer lunch program.
Mental Health Therapist/Lamarque Elementary School
Alba Colmenares Moore
Mental Health Therapist/Alta Vista Elementary SchoolAlba Colmenares MooreAlba earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the Central University of Venezuela in 1997. She obtained a specialization in project management from the Catholic University of Venezuela in 2002, and a Master of Science in counseling from Nova Southern University in 2019, graduating with high honors. Alba is a member of Psi Chi - The International Honor Society in Psychology.
Mental Health Therapist/Alta Vista Elementary School
Alba has been working with children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years in Venezuela and in the United States, she has developed and conducted over 80 training programs and workshops, and is bilingual: English/Spanish.
Alba is an advocate, wife and mother and loves her career as a mental health professional. She enjoys cooking and riding her bike and has been fostering pets for over 8 years.
Victoria Monaghan, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Wilkinson Elementary SchoolVictoria Monaghan, LCSWVictoria earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2014. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work in 2017, from USF, with a focus in child welfare. Victoria has four years of experience working with children and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Victoria has received training in adoption competency and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Victoria practices a holistic approach to wellness in her own life, including healthy eating, exercise, yoga, meditation and frequent trips to the beach.
Mental Health Therapist/Wilkinson Elementary School
Pam Sanders Wilsen, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary SchoolPam Sanders Wilsen, RCSWIPam earned her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2009. She went on to earn her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University in 2013. Pam has worked in school based mental health services since completing her master's level internship in 2013.
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
Madison Siegfried, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Fruitville Elementary SchoolMadison Siegfried, RCSWIMadison earned her bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2017 and her master's degree in social work in 2018 from the University of South Florida. Madison is pursuing her license to become an LCSW. Before coming to The Florida Center, Madison worked in the school system at Booker High School and Emma E. Booker. Madison also has worked in post-adoptive support in Tampa. Madison has a passion for working with elementary aged children and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.
Mental Health Therapist/Fruitville Elementary School